Talk about a fast start to a high school football game. 39 seconds and three plays were all it took for West Lincoln and West Iredell to score two touchdowns.
But West Lincoln has been able to score on their first possession in all four of its games this season.
Both teams settled down after the quick start and the Warriors of West Iredell defeated the West Lincoln Rebels 27-18.
Warrior quarterback Dewain Clark went to the air on the second play of the game and found Michael Gillespie for a 52-yard touchdown.
Chase Sells kicked the extra point to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. On the Rebels first offensive play of the night quarterback Taylor Woodie found Ben Poole on a long pass play that covered 61 yards for a touchdown making the score 7-6.
West Lincoln`s conversion attempt failed.
After giving up the early touchdown the Rebel defense lead by Johnnie Walker, Spencer Sutton, Jon Thomas, and Travis Neal played well, coming up with three sacks on the night.
One player that did give the Rebel defense trouble was Warrior running back Chris McCormick.
McCormick rushed for his first touchdown of the night on the first play of the second quarter. The extra point was good by Sells making the score 14-6.
West Lincoln was unable to move the football on their next two possessions. After a Rebel punt by Garrett Gilbert, the Warriors went on a six-play drive and scored again when Clark found Chris Dalton on a 28-yard touchdown pass. Sells made the extra point making the score 21-6.
Hard running by Gene Arp and Chambers got the Rebel offense back on track just before halftime. Chambers scored on a 30-yard run cutting into the Warriors lead.
The drive covered 81 yards on eight plays.
What looked to be a bright start at the beginning of the third quarter turned dark quickly for the Rebelsâ€™ faithful.
Poole took the kickoff and raced 55 yards to give West Lincoln great field position, but a penalty moved the ball back to the Rebel 21-yard line.
Four plays later the Rebels turned the football over on a fumble.
The Warriors were unable to move the ball on the Rebel defense on their next two possessions.
With the score 21-12 the West Lincoln offense took over on their own 17-yard line.
The Rebels marched down to the Warrior two-yard line, but on a second and goal play the Rebels fumbled to end the drive.
The Rebel defense had to step up again if they were going to have a chance to win and they did.
Stopping West Iredell on downs gave the Rebel offense another chance but another turnover, an interception was too much West Lincoln to overcome.
Two plays later McCormick scored his second TD of the night on a 14-yard run. After the extra point the Rebels trailed 27-12.
Although the Rebel offense made three turnovers in the second-half they didn`t give up.
On their last drive, West Lincoln was able to score when Chambers ran in for his second TD of the night on a 6 yard run. The conversion was no good making the final score 27-18.
Chambers had 110 yards on 18 carries, while Arp had 91 yards on 14 carries. Poole lead the Rebels with 3 catches for 67 yards.
West Lincoln (0-4) has one more non-conference game with 4A South Caldwell (4-0) next Friday at West Lincoln. West Iredell (4-0) will host North Lincoln (3-1).
Although The Rebels haven`t won, coach Gusler and staff have their team playing hard and they are putting their players in a position to win.
by Rick Mitchem and Jonathan Scronce